The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus And King

1060 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
How did I get here in my life? What did I do to get to rock bottom? How did I let this happen? These are just some questions that some individuals in society might begin to ponder on when their entire lives are thrust into turmoil. Some people lose their livelihoods, their relationships, or even their minds, however, Oedipus and Dido lost much more than that. These were two great leaders that both, suffered by losing their reputations, their sanity, and their kingdoms. These are two great examples of what a tragic character displays, according to Aristotle’s conception. Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is a distinguished person occupying a high position, living in prosperous circumstances and falling into misfortune because of an error in judgment. King Oedipus and Queen Dido are tragic characters that suffered equally, because they both unconsciously disrupted with a designated future, became infatuated with the wrong person, and ended with disgrace and shame.
King Oedipus and Queen Dido suffered equally, because they both unconsciously disrupted with a designated future. For example, in “Oedipus the King”, lines 906-916, King Oedipus tried to stop his fate by fleeing from his homeland when he discovered his predestined future at the oracle of Delphi. He was not aware that he was going to fulfill the prophecy by killing his father and sleeping with his mother; he tried his hardest to disrupt his future and create a new one. He traveled great lengths to alter his…
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